7/11 – TBD
All allowed ministry activities in phase 1, plus
- Limited capacity worship services with social distancing measures. Only worship will be available on Sundays; kids are welcome to worship with families!
- Online worship continues
- Renewal Groups, counseling, and other smaller formation and care ministries in person, on site. Adult education remains online
- Small student ministry gatherings in person and on site
- Possible domestic missions trips, with restrictions
- Staff working on site in shifts; meetings by appointment
*all social distancing guidelines in effect at this point will be followed
TBD – TBD
All allowed ministry activities in phases 1-2, plus
- Children and Student Ministries up and running – full structure and schedule TBD
- Possible international missions trips, with restrictions
- Special events back on site
- Staff working on site and office is open
What measures will you take to screen attendees before services?
We will provide a questionnaire (based on guidance put forth the VA Department of Public Health) and ask all attendees to self-evaluate before attending. Signs on our property will communicate this as well. Due to the complexity of accurately taking temperatures while social distancing for a large number of worshipers, we will likely not be taking temperatures on our premises.
What will limited capacity, modified services look like?
We will ask you to indicate your attendance for our service times (don’t worry, we’re leaving space for newcomers in our counts!) in order to make sure we’re not over capacity. There will be 10 feet of space between family groups in worship. Our services will be touchless – lyrics and liturgy will be projected – and there may be less singing. Per state regulations, we will also ask attendees to wear masks. If you’re not able/comfortable with coming in person, our service will continue to be broadcast in the same way it has throughout this season.
What additional cleaning and disinfection measures will you take?
CDC guidelines will be followed and as many surfaces as possible will be wiped down before and between services ( including doors, sinks, bathroom stalls, toilets, chairs, and handrails) The Fellowship Hall will also be well ventilated. Specific cleaning checklists will be posted on site so you can see what measures are being taken. Bathrooms are an area of particular concern and attention; we are upgrading them with several touchless features (step and pull door openers, auto flush toilets, motion activated soap dispensers), limiting occupancy, and our staff will be disinfecting between services.
How will this work for our Fairfax site?
Our hope is to keep both our McLean and Fairfax sites in the same phase at the same time. We are working closely with Inova to determine what restrictions will be in place at our Fairfax meeting site. Fairfax site attendees, keep an eye out for details coming from Pastor Rob!
What will children’s ministry look like in phase 3?
That depends both on the restrictions still in place in phase 3, as well as the best practices and strategies chosen by area schools and day cares. Our goal is to have as many age groups up and running as possible, potentially phasing them in over the course of several weeks. We are planning for several scenarios, paying close attention to local school systems, and will have details for families as we get closer to phase 3.
When will weekday ministries be back in session?
We will likely start phasing back in smaller classes and studies in phase 2, depending on the state restrictions in that phase. We expect most ministries to be up and running in phase 3.
How will you determine who comes to which service? Do I really need to attend the specific service to which I am invited?
We are currently considering multiple approaches, including a specific service for vulnerable populations. As we determine the best course, we will communicate how we will approach this area. We do ask that you attend the specific service to which you are invited.
Can I invite friends?
Yes! We are making plans so that we will still have space for newcomers in our services. It is always a good time to invite your friends to experience the gospel with us!
Will worship stay online?
Yes! We recognize that many people will choose to worship online for several months to come. We will maintain our online worship service in much the same way we have it right now.
When can I come to the church building to meet with staff, utilize the library, etc?
The McLean property will be open to church members in phase 2, by appointment.